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Health Care Ruling's Effect on Oklahoma (Jun 28, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State officials in Oklahoma had done little to comply with the new federal health care law ahead of Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oklahoma's GOP leaders cited fears of a federal takeover of health care in declining to set up a state-run health insurance exchange.

Lawmakers first rejected $54 million in federal funding to create an online health insurance marketplace and then decided to take no action on developing the exchange, deciding instead to wait on the court's ruling.

If Oklahoma doesn't create its own exchange by November, the state will automatically be absorbed into the federal system. About 624-thousand Oklahomans are currently uninsured…or roughly 17 percent of the state’s population.

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